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Hai Ah Nam,Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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I am a computational nuclear physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the Scientific Computing Group in the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) Division in the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) since 2008.

My areas of research interests include theoretical low-energy nuclear physics, many-body methods, and high performance computing. My current work involves developing and using several theoretical many-body nuclear methods, including coupled-cluster, quantum monte carlo, no-core shell model, and density functional theory to perform frontier scientific calculations on the leadership class supercomputers at ORNL.

I received my PhD in Computational Science from the joint doctoral program at San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University in 2010. Prior to joining ORNL in 2008, I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in conjunction with my doctoral work focusing on studying the structure of atomic nuclei using the ab initio no-core shell model.




The underlying physical laws necessary for the mathematical theory of a large part of physics and the whole of chemistry are thus completely known, and the difficulty is only that the exact application of these laws leads to equations much too complicated to be soluble. It therefore becomes desirable that approximate practical methods of applying quantum mechanics should be developed, which can lead to an explanation of the main features of complex atomic systems without too much computation.

Paul Dirac (1092-1984) - Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Containing Papers of a Mathematical and Physical Character, Vol. 123, No. 792 (6 April 1929)





















“I was in yoga the other day. I was in full lotus position. My chakras were all aligned. My mind is cleared of all clatter and I'm looking out of my third eye and everything that I'm supposed to be doing. It's amazing what comes up, when you sit in that silence. 'Mama keeps whites bright like the sunlight, Mama's got the magic of Clorox 2.'”

~Ellen DeGeneres















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